Ramapo County Reservation
River Trail: Orange/Green blaze
Vista Loop Trail: Yellow blaze
Ridge Loop Trail: Blue blaze
Total Time: 1:40
Estimated Distance: 2.7 miles
Pros: Scenic lakes and good views
Cons: Area is very busy
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Map of Route:
RBBN Member Hiking Partners
The RBBN (Rockland Business Breakfast Network) offers various business networking events. This event featured a hike which I was elected to lead together with Shimon Rosenberg. With my office only a five minute drive from Ramapo Valley Reservation, this was an easy hike to get to right after work.
The weather was hot and muggy, with thunderstorms predicted for the late afternoon. There were puffy clouds throughout the are, and I checked the radar and there were thunderstorms nearby. In fact we saw lighting and heard thunder in the distance, but the weather stayed dry for us for the duration of the hike.
We parked at the main parking lot for Ramapo Valley Reservation, and crossed the Ramapo River bridge and then took the River Trail. We walked along the Mahwah River and then crossed the brook at the Vista Loop Trail, passing along the most dry waterfall along the way. We continued along the Vista Loop Trail to the MacMillan Reservoir, where we took a break and did our business introductions.
We then crossed the dam, which was dry, and continued along the Vista Loop Trail up the mountain to the view. We then descended along the Ridge Loop Trail, and then took the trail parallel to the Vista Loop Trail down to the Vista Loop Trail alongside the Scarlet Oak Reservoir, which we took back to our car.
|Map of the Route|
|At the Trailhead|
|Coyote and Rattlesnake Sign at the Trailhead|
|Scarlet Oak Reservoir|
|Our Networking Group at Scarlet Oak Reservoir|
|Crossing the Brook|
|Shimon Rosenberg, Hike Cohost|
|Waterfall (Mostly Dry)|
|Hiking along the Vista Loop|
|Me at MacMillan Reservoir|
|Our Group at the MacMillan Reservoir|
|MacMillan Reservoir Dam|
|Large Rockface Above the MacMillan Reservoir|
|Climbing Up to the View|
|At the Mountaintop View|